Mill Creek’s Simone Williams, top, collides with Emily Wilson at first base in Thursday’s game. Williams was out on the play. (Photo by John Fisken)

NW falls to defending champion in first state game / 11/12 softball

Perennial softball power Mill Creek looked primed to defend its state Little League Softball 11/12 title with a convincing 20-0 win in four innings over North Whidbey Thursday, June 6, in Oak Harbor.

North Whidbey will try to stay alive in the double-elimination tournament when it meets Salmon Creek of Southwest Washington at 6 p.m. Friday, June 7, at Volunteer Park.

Mill Creek, which also won state titles in 2006 and 2012, mixed a handful of hits, a number of North Whidbey errors and several walks to cruise to the win. The tone was early as Mill Creek pushed across seven runs in the top of the first inning.

Mill Creek’s Simone Williams pitched a no-hitter and struck out four.

Kali Bobsin led the NW offense, reaching base on an error and after being hit by a pitch. Kayla Carr and Kayla Crocker both walked.

North Whidbey pitcher Macy Oliver put Mill Creek down in order in the fourth, striking out two of the three batters.

“Very tough loss tonight but a very good learning experience for the girls,” coach Gerry Oliver said.

 

Kali Bobsin, left, tosses to Jadyn Erickson for an out. (Photo by John Fisken)

North Whidbey catcher Kayla Carr, left, consoles pitcher Macy Oliver after a rough start Thursday. (Photo by John Fisken)

Jadyn Erickson pitches in relief for North Whidbey. (Photo by John Fisken)